Aconcagua Trek 18D/17N

This 18-day program was designed thinking on the proper balance between time of acclimatisation and summit success. Ideal for climbers who already have a previous acclimatization or that prefers shorter programs.

The normal route starts with an acclimatisation trek to Plaza Francia, and then we make the approach to Plaza de Mulas, a 40 km trek.

It takes us three days to get to Plaza de Mulas. This guarantees a very good acclimatisation before start the climbing of Aconcagua.

Our suggested program includes two days of double equipment porting and security.

When the last stage begins, we go higher and higher until we reach the summit. In the Aconcagua, sometimes the presence of a white wind makes the ascent difficult, this is what we use the security days for thus increasing the chances of reaching the summit.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the rugged beauty of Aconcagua Park and mountain region
  • Climb with experienced and highly qualified trek guides to ascend Aconcagua
  • Enjoy your days progressing through each stage of the climb with your team
  • Feel the thrill of reaching the summit of this iconic peak
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Professional Guides:

The guides are professional, experimented and highly qualified guides, with degrees and licenses from organisms that guarantee their special training. The Provincial School for Mountain and Trekking Guides (EPGAMT), is the only school that specializes on the Aconcagua, accredited in the Argentine Association for Mountain Guides (AAGM) and members of the Professional Mountain and Trekking Guides Association  (AGPMT). Some of the guides have licences from the IFMGA.


All the transportation are according to the schedule, for the group, in private vehicle.
  • - Transport Airport – Hotel in Mendoza (18 km).
  • - Transport Mendoza-Penitentes (180 km).
  • - Transport to and from Penitentes-Horcones, Aconcagua Park Entrance (7 km).
  • - Return to Mendoza from Horcones (187 km).


  • - City of Mendoza: Two (2) nights of lodging in a 3 *** hotel in the city of Mendoza, double or triple room,  breakfast included.
  • - Penitentes: One (1) night at Mountain Hotel in Penitentes, Double or triple room. Welcome dinner, breakfast and taxes are included. Beverages not included.
  • - Mountain Camps: All nights of the expedition at double tents or dormitory dome ( 4 or 8 persons) , Full Board.


  • - All meals are included during the approach, at Base Camp and high altitude camps.
  • - Meals are prepared daily by the cooks.
  • - Our diet includes, among other things, fresh fruit, meat, chicken, vegetables, fresh eggs, bread etc. Our meals are energy balanced with all your body requires for the ascent.
  • - We are also prepared to accommodate special meals, like vegetarian, celiac and other kinds.


  • - Aconcagua Park climbing fee (tax charged by Mendoza government, according to dates)
  • - Personal equipment.
  • - Rescue or other costs due to abandon of expedition.
  • - Personal expenses (tips, laundry, phone, drinks, and porters or other items not specified above.)
  • - Extra nights in hotel in case of early return to the city.
  • - Meals in Mendoza.
  • - All other services not listed as included.


Nov to Mar (contact us for latest dates)


Day 1: Mendoza – Altitude: 760m

Our expedition starts in Mendoza, Argentina.

A representative of INKA Expediciones will be waiting for you at the airport.

We will stay at a hotel in the city.

A group meeting will follow and you will be introduced to your guides and team members.

Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room.

Transportation: Airport – Hotel in Mendoza.

Day 2: Mendoza / Penitentes – Altitude: 2700m

After you obtain individual park entrance and ascent permits, assisted by your guide, we meet at our commercial office to finalize all the arrangements of the expedition.

Later, we travel to Villa de Penitentes, where we stay at a Hotel on the mountain. There we get the equipment ready for transportation to the base camp by mule.

Transportation: Mendoza – Penitentes

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Penitentes / Confluencia – Altitude: 3368m

We drive you to Horcones Park, where we get our first view of the mountain.

We will get our permits checked at the Ranger station. Then, we head off to Confluencia by walking 4 or 5 hours.

Transportation: Penitentes – Horcones

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome

Meals. Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

Day 4: Acclimatisation trekking to Plaza Francia – Altitude: 4200m

We’ve included this day in order to acclimatise better, and give you more chances to summit.

We’ll trek for about 5 hours until we arrive to Plaza Francia, base camp of the impressive Aconcagua South Wall.

This is one of the nicest points of the expedition.

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

Day 5: Approach from Confluencia to Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250m

After 8-9 hours hiking across “Playa Ancha” and climbing up through a very steep path, we reach Plaza de Mulas, the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park.

By the end of the day, most of us will feel the altitude.

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

Day 6: Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250m

The first day in Base Camp is always a rest day and a good occasion to take a bath and explore the local terrain.

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Carry equipment and food to Camp 1 – Altitude: 4900m

This is a challenging day where we gain 1000m with a heavy load on easy terrain. Then we’ll return to Base Camp.

It’s important to take advantage of the comfort and lower altitude at Base Camp.

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Box & Dinner

Day 8: Rest day at Plaza de Mulas – Altitude: 4250m

This is a day we mainly use to recover energy, to rest, to hydrate ourselves and for abundant meals.

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Ascent from base camp to Camp 1 – Altitude: 4900m

The following morning we definite start the ascent to Aconcagua. We move to Camp 1, called “Plaza Canada”.

Until now, we were working on get an optimal acclimatisation. We want everyone to have the best possible chance to do summit.

Accommodation: Tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Move to Camp 2 – Altitude: 5400m

Camp 2, called “Nido de Condores” (meaning Condor Nest), is located in a high pass at 5400m and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.

Accommodation: Tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Carry equipment from Camp 2 to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6000m

This day, we carry equipment to Camp 3 called “Camp Colera”.

After carrying the equipment up, we return to Camp 2 to sleep, to give our bodies more chances to acclimatise.

Accommodation: Tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Ascent from Camp 2 to Camp 3 – Altitude: 6000m

We start a 4 hours walk to Camp 3, located on the North Ridge.

We will prepare our tents, eat and rest, to be ready to get the summit.

Accommodation: Tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Summit day – Altitude: 6962m

It is the most demanding day of the expedition.

We climb the North Ridge to Independencia Refuge at approximately 6500m.

We ascend through the “Portezuelo del Viento”, climb “La Canaleta”, and the “Filo del Guanaco”, which leads us to the summit. A great prize is waiting for us: a 360° view and the experience of overcoming, that you only finally understand once you reach it.

At the end of this experience, we descend to Camp 3.

Accommodation: Tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Days 14 and 15: Spare days in case of bad weather conditions.

We have two extra days set aside on our itinerary to attempt summit.

These extra days are built in to provide the best possible conditions for each participant to summit.

Accommodation: Tents

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Return to Base Camp.

Return from Camp 3 to Base Camp.

We’ll enjoy a great dinner to celebrate the experience.

Accommodation: Tents/Dormitory Dome

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Return from base camp to Penitentes and back to Mendoza.

We have breakfast and then start the descent from Plaza de Mulas to Penitentes.

There is a private transport waiting for us to take us to the hotel in Mendoza City.

Transportation: Horcones – Penitentes – Mendoza

Accommodation: Hotel double or triple room

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch Box

Day 18: Mendoza

We have breakfast at the hotel.

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